Listed below are all the differences between the present and the post-invasion future (shown in the year 2036) seen throughout Fringe, arranged by episode and with pictures and timestamps wherever appropriate.

S4E19 - Letters of Transit

  • "They came from the future. At first, they only watched. Arriving at key moments in human history. We called them Observers. But in 2015 they stopped watching... and seized control. Citizen uprisings proved bloody and futile. Those who survived became known as 'Natives.' In an attempt to show their allegiance, some Native factions became 'Loyalists' and were marked by the Observers. The original Fringe Team fought the invasion, but was quickly defeated. Fringe Division was allowed to continue at a reduced capacity, but only to police the Natives. The resistance was quickly overcome... or so they thought."
  • The Observers enforced a curfew to make Natives go to their homes.
  • Walter, Astrid, and Peter were ambered in the lab. (Image 1)
  • They eat 'coffee chews' instead of drinking coffee. (Image 2)
  • The fate of the original Fringe team was a myth/legend. Simon: "The original Fringe team didn't vanish, they aren't missing, they died 20 years ago. They aren't coming back to save us from the Observers, they aren't in a desert, or Peru, or immortal."
  • Walter ambered himself on purpose. (Image 3)
  • Central Park was almost completely destroyed. (Image 4)
  • The Observer invasion in 2015 was also known as 'The Purge'.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge was destroyed. (Image 5)
Difference: Ambered in the lab
Image 1: Ambered in the lab
Difference: Coffee chews
Image 2: Coffee chews
Difference: Walter in amber
Image 3: Walter in amber
Difference: Central Park
Image 4: Central Park
Difference: Brooklyn Bridge
Image 5: Brooklyn Bridge

S5E01 - Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11

  • They ate egg sticks. (Image 1)
  • Observers paved over Central Park and filled it with machines that pump carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. There's one such zone on every continent. They need less oxygen-rich environments. (Image 2)
  • A handful of walnuts was worth roughly $3000. (Image 3)
Difference: Egg sticks
Image 1: Egg sticks
Difference: Central Park
Image 2: Central Park
Difference: Walnuts
Image 3: Walnuts

S5E02 - In Absentia

  • Harvard was taken over by Observers.

S5E03 - The Recordist

  • They ate chewable apple tablets instead of fresh apples. (Image 1)
Difference: Apple tablet
Image 1: Apple tablet

S5E08 - The Human Kind

  • There were 'Truth Churches' where Natives could meet Observers without fear of being read.

S5E12 - Liberty

  • The Statue of Liberty had been torn down and the Observers used Liberty Island as a detention facility. (Image 1)
  • The Observers had not invaded the Redverse. (Image 2)
Difference: Liberty Island
Image 1: Liberty Island
Difference: The Redverse
Image 2: The Redverse